July 4 re-mention of Bung Moktar, Zizie Izette corruption trial

Bung Moktar and Zizie Izette at the Sessions Court last month. (Bernama pic)

KUALA LUMPUR: The Sessions Court here today fixed July 4 for re-mention of the corruption cases involving Kinabatangan MP Bung Moktar Radin and his wife Zizie Izette.

The couple face charges involving RM2.8 million over approval of Felcra Berhad to invest RM150 million in Public Mutual Berhad unit trusts.

Judge Rozina Ayob fixed the date after Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) deputy public prosecutor Allan Suman Pillai told the court that some documents were still incomplete.

“Today, the prosecution submitted a document under Section 51A of the Criminal Procedure Code to the defence team.

“However, the prosecution needs another date for the submission of further documents,” he said at the mention of the case today.

Allan also said that the prosecution would make an application for the cases to be tried together and transferred to the High Court.

Lawyer K Kumaraendran, representing both Bung, 60, whose real name is Moktar Radin, and Zizie, 41, confirmed that he had received the document.

He said his side needed time to examine the document.

On May 3, Bung pleaded not guilty at the Sessions Court on three counts of receiving a total of RM2.8 million as bribe for obtaining approval for Felcra Berhad to make a RM150 million investment in unit trust products of Public Mutual Berhad.

Bung, then Felcra non-executive chairman, was accused of taking a bribe of RM2.2 million in cash from Public Mutual investment agent Madhi Abdul Hamid, 38, through Zizie.

He was accused of receiving the bribe as a reward for obtaining approval from the finance minister II for Felcra to make the investment.

The offence was allegedly committed at Public Bank Berhad at Taman Melawati here between 12.30pm and 5pm on June 12, 2015.

On the second charge, Bung was accused of taking a bribe of RM262,500 in cash from Madhi through an account registered under the name of Zizie for the same purpose.

He was also accused of taking a bribe of RM337,500 from another Public Mutual investment agent, Norhaili Ahmad Mokhtar, 42, through an account registered under Zizie.

Both offences were allegedly committed at the same location at 12.16pm and 12.28pm on June 19, 2015.

The charges under Subsection 17(a) of the MACC Act and punishable under Section 24(1) of the same Act provides for imprisonment of not more than 20 years and a fine of not less than five times the amount of the bribe, or RM10,000 whichever is higher, upon conviction.

Zizie, a former actress, pleaded not guilty to three counts of abetting Bung.

She was charged under Section 28(1)(c) of the MACC Act and punishable under subsection 24(1), which provides for imprisonment of not more than 20 years and a fine of not less than five times the amount of the bribe, or RM10,000 whichever is higher, upon conviction.